Radical Joy Revealed
December 28, 2016

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe. 

Among the resolutions adopted by the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City in October 2015 was the   Indigenous People's Declaration for Action. 

"We hold the Ancestors, the Mother Earth, Forces of Nature, mountains, rivers, oceans, streams, trees, winds, storms, and all living beings as sacred and worthy of reverence. This worldview is the key to reversing the path of disaster on which all inhabitants of our sacred Mother Earth tread. We invite all Brothers and Sisters of the Creator to invoke and respect the divine spirits of the natural world, thereby ending their desecration."
"M ountains, rivers, oceans, streams, trees, winds, storms, and all living beings [are] sacred and worthy of reverence."

Whether or not you believe that the forms of nature are sacred, you are part of the Radical Joy for Hard Times community because you recognize how essential they are to the Earth as a whole and to all the beings who depend on them--including you. And when places and creatures are hurt or threatened, you hurt too.

Before 2016 draws to a close, take a few moments to gaze at a mountain, a river, a tree or some other facet of nature that is threatened or under assault. Open yourself up to the beauty of what is there. Take it in. Take in your own feelings about what has happened. Now make some beauty for this vital part of the whole Earth. 

 Something will shift as a result.

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Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community of people dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth. 
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